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Investing to Train More Ethical Engineers

A group of tech leaders lead by the Omidyar Network and Craig Newmark will be awarding up to $3.5 million in prizes to creative efforts to integrate ethics into technical computer science education.

CRISPR’s Unknown Cousin—The Promising Genetic Boost

Radical gene-editing technology CRISPR is in the news and rightly celebrated, but another form of genetic manipulation, known as "boosting," may reshape how we face a wide range of conditions. It shows dramatic promise for...

At Eyebeam, Tech Meets Poetry and Aesthetics

A hadron collider for art and technology, Eyebeam is a Brooklyn incubator that launches companies and art projects, benefitting both. Its aesthetic centers on the rapid-moving world of technology. This institution doesn't care if you...

TE16: Climate Change Calls for “Taboo Techs”

Speakers on climate change at TE16 aimed to dispel the stigma associated with nuclear power and geo-engineering–controversial technologies that might help address the climate change caused by humankind’s use of fossil fuels. One said that...

Geoengineering: Smart Science or Hail Mary?

In a recent report, a committee appointed by the National Research Council issued a recommendation that the federal government fund research on geoengineering as a means to address global warming. Geongineering, sometimes known as “Plan...

A Holiday Gift That Helps You Navigate an Electronic World

Thirty-one-year-old Ayah Bdeir wants to inspire a new generation of innovators, and she has the building blocks to do it—literally. Bdeir is CEO and founder of littleBits, a company that sells an electronic toolkit that...

In Chicago, It’s Hot to Study How People Interact Online

People who build technology want you to have the most simple—and emotionally satisfying—experience possible. That's why more and more students are studying UX, or user experience, design. There are many subtleties in how understanding how...

This Website Developer Leverages the “Engine of the Web”

As CEO of the website creation company 10up, Jake Goldman is an evangelist for WordPress. He began using the open-source development platform in 2006 and started his company specifically to leverage its power. Today, Goldman...

Why Designers and Engineers Need Chances to Cross-Pollinate

Understanding and making the most of disruptive technologies such as genomics, robotics, the internet of things, and synthetic biology will be a challenge best met by a mix of engineers and designers, says designer Jonathan...

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